‘DEMENTIA AWARE’ DEANERY
11 June 2018 IN: Parish News
Stretford Deanery celebrated becoming ‘Dementia Aware’ with a service of thanksgiving. The process involved sending representatives from every parish to dementia awareness training to improve their understanding of dementia both within the church community and the wider community of Trafford.
Being Dementia Aware means taking extra care to respect and value people and their carers, and remembering that everyone with dementia is a unique individual, loved by God.
The deanery has appointed a Dementia Aware Champion to encourage pastoral support using their increasing understanding of dementia and its effect on the community. Each parish will decide how to implement the initiative and structure services according to their local needs to help those living with dementia and their carers to feel valued and included, such as singing familiar ‘old’ hymns and having a short, simple prayer time.
The deanery is also working with Age UK Trafford with the support of Trafford Council to provide information and consider sharing buildings and resources.
Area Dean, The Revd Alex Clephane, said, “Dementia awareness is the beginning of our work as a deanery on raising awareness of all mental health issues in our community and the work will continue, with God’s Grace, as we incorporate this issue into our deanery Mission Action Planning. We joyfully give thanks to God for his many blessings and for guiding our deanery in this mission opportunity throughout the community.”
A group from the deanery received a Church for a Different World Award from Bishop David last November.